2016 Chanukah Menorah Lighting Calendar

Saturday Night, Dec. 24
Light your menorah after Shabbat ends and after Havdalah
Blessings 1, 2 & 3

Sunday Night, Dec. 25

Blessings 1 & 2

Monday Night, Dec. 26

Blessings 1 & 2

Tuesday Night, Dec. 27

Blessings 1 & 2

Wednesday Night, Dec. 28

Blessings 1 & 2

Thursday Night, Dec. 29

Blessings 1 & 2

Friday Night, Dec. 30

Light your menorah before Shabbat
Blessings 1 & 2

Saturday Night, Dec. 31
Light your menorah after Shabbat ends and after Havdalah
Blessings 1 & 2

Light up lingo!

Before you light the candles, make the appropriate blessings.

Before the first night of Chanukah (or the first time on Chanukah you perform this mitzvah), recite all three blessings. On all following nights, say only the first two:

1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-tav Ve-tzi-va-nu Le-had-lik Ner Cha-nu-kah.

2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam She-a-sa Ni-sim La-avo-te-nu Ba-ya-mim Ha-hem Bi-zman Ha-zeh.

3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam She-heche-ya-nu Ve-ki-yi-ma-nu Ve-higi-a-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.


Light up when?

Right after nightfall, once it's dark outside (aside for Friday afternoon, when the candles are lit shortly before sunset).

Light up what?

The Menorah or holder used for lighting the lights should be attractive and clean. All 8 Chanukah lights need to be lined up on the same level, but the Shamesh candle must be separate!
The preferred way to fulfill the mitzvah of lighting the Chanukah Menorah is to use pure olive oil and wicks of cotton, just like the Menorah in the Holy Temple. Nevertheless, other types of oils, wicks and candles may be used, as long as they give a steady light!

Light up where?

Some people put their Menorah in the doorway opposite the Mezuzah, while others place it near the window. We do this to spread the Chanukah light! In these places, people are sure to see your Menorah, and remember the great miracles that G‑d performed.

Light up how?

We place candles in the Menorah from right to left, but we light the candles from left to right.
On the first night we light one candle on the right side. On the second night we light the new, candle first, starting from the left and moving to the right. We continue this way every night of Chanukah, adding a candle each night (see diagram on opposite page).

Follow the Leader!

The Chanukah candles cannot be used to light each other, which is why we use the Shamesh Candle to light the Menorah. It's not one of the 8 Chanukah candles, so we set it in a place above the rest. The Shamesh can be made out of sweet-smelling beeswax. The lights of the Chanukah candles are special - only for looking at, not for using. It is good for the eyes - and the soul!

Light up how long?

The Chanuka candles are supposed to burn for at least a half hour. On Friday though, we have to light them before it gets dark and Shabbat comes in. We generally use more oil, or bigger candles on Friday, so that the candles will stay burning, well into Shabbat!

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December 17, 2015
Celebrating Chanukah (Hanukkah)
I have never officially celebrated like this; I didn't know how. However, I have been repented for 6 years now and wanted to learn what exactly I needed to do in honor of God. There are scriptural references in the Bible of celebrating the feast but there are no details like this. Can you provide any scriptural references pertaining to keeping the feast?
December 7, 2015
Blessings Translation
Hello, can someone post the blessings in English please? I can't meditate on the meanings of the words in the blessing without it :)
Thank you very much!
March 24, 2014
its tooooooo long
December 2, 2013
Appreciate the information provided!

Regarding electrical Menorahs, can the lights stay lit over a prolong period of time? And if so, what is considered acceptable and not acceptable.

Many thanks and the all the best to everyone!
November 29, 2013
I am Jewish brought up conservative , I am embarrassed I forgot how to light the menorah but googled it an it was very helpful left to right with the king
San Diego
November 3, 2013
Why is is called a menorah here and not a chanukiah? anyone know? Thanks!
October 4, 2013
to Jackie
We light the candles each night again, they don't need to last for eight days. The candles or oil should be enough to burn at least half an hour after nightfall. For further details please see Lighting the Menorah.
Chabad.org Staff
September 25, 2013
Candles, or oil, that will last all of the nights?
I am trying to create a menorah for my mother and am confused how I can find candles that would last for all of the nights (and especially if she wants to light them for more than 1/2 an hour or so). I believe I did read that the lighting is not intended for "function" as much as ceremony... I see the beautiful thin, multicolored candles but burn time is only good for 4 hours or so. I understand that you want the oil or candles to last all of the nights but I am finding many candles only last 4-5 hours. Can you clarify whether I am asking too much of my menorah design (and the candles being used) or not?
December 7, 2012
I enjoy all Jewish holidays
I never been so close to G-D than before, chabad.org is so instructive keep up the good work any question about the Jewish faith , traditions Jewish holidays and what to do specifically on those special days, I found my answers THANK YOU SO MUCH !
December 20, 2011
Chanukah ceremonial lighting....
Thank you so much for the easy to follow and beautiful layout. My girlfriend is recently deceased and I wanted to celebrate Chanukah for her. She was Jewish and lit the candles every year. You made it very easy to follow through with my promise to her. thank you.
Michael Gomes
Toronto, Canada